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Burial of Patrick Ireland documentary launch
PRESS RELEASE - 30 September 2010
A film documenting the symbolic burial of Patrick Ireland, the alter ego of the distinguished Irish artist Brian O’Doherty, will be launched at the Irish Film Institute at 7.00pm on Friday 8 October 2010. The Dying of Patrick Ireland is made by Loopline Film and is directed by Sé Merry Doyle. The film is produced by Vanessa Gildea and financed by the Irish Film Board and Loopline Film.
On 20 May 2008, after 36 years of making art as Patrick Ireland, Brian O'Doherty reclaimed his birth name with the burial of his alter ego in the grounds of IMMA. The burial was a gesture of reconciliation to celebrate the restoration of peace in Northern Ireland, just as his action in assuming the name Patrick Ireland was a protest at the British military presence in Northern Ireland and the failure of the authorities to ensure civil rights for all.
Commenting on the film, director Sé Merry Doyle said: “I first came across the names Brian O’Doherty/Patrick Ireland in 1974 when I worked at the Project Arts Centre. Even two years after the event had taken place people were still talking about Brian O’Doherty’s historic name change. When the news broke that 34 years later he was going to change his name back to Brian O’Doherty I felt compelled to document this. The film is not so much a documentary as a document for the ages. It is a document that I hope will throw light on one of the most important political art statements to come out of Ireland.”
The launch coincides with the gift to the Irish Museum of Modern Art by Brian O’Doherty and his wife, the art historian Barbara Novak, of more than 70 artworks from their own collection. An exhibition of the donated work Post-War American Art: The Novak/O’Doherty Collection, is on show at the Irish Museum of Modern Art until 27 February 2011.
Limited tickets to the launch are available to the public online at www.imma.ie.
Additional screenings of The Dying of Patrick Ireland will take place at IMMA at a later date. These screenings will be open to the public. For further information visit www.imma.ie.
The Dying of Patrick Ireland
For further information and review copies of the documentary please contact Patrice Molloy or Vanessa Cowley at Tel: +353 1 612 9900; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
30 September 2010
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